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Hi all, new to all this caravan stuff, was just wondering what's best tv wise in the caravan. Do I need to buy a specialist caravan tv or can I use a normal tv? Shall I buy a tv/DVD combi or is a separate DVD player ok? Should I buy a tv with built in free view?

 

Any advice on the matter will be greatly received.

 

Many thanks

 

Deano.

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Cheap Samsung 19" with built in Freeview. I often see adverts for very expensive TV's in the CC magazine and wonder why! Does your van stereo have a DVD player? If so use that if not then get a combo?

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I would buy a "normal" domestic TV not one of the dual voltage caravan types which are much more expensive. I think most TV now come with a built in Freeview tuner, re DVD player, if you buy a separate DVD player don't forget you will need two power inputs and HDMI or Scart lead to connect them together, there will be a "mess" of cables behind them. Personally I would go for a combined unit to keep number of cables down to a minimum

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Nip down to your local supermarket (Tesco/Morrisons/Sainsbugs etc etc) that's what we did, 19 inch flat screen, DVD Freeveiw and all the bits at the back for USB/Scart/AVI plugs, works a treat in our van on EHU, unless you rally, then you might want a specialist 12v telly.

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If you are thinking of using it of 12v, my experience says pay the difference and get an Avtex or similar as domestic ones I have tried give up if the voltage drops slightly below 12 they are also lower wattage. If you only intend to use it on mains then a domestic TV will be fine.

 

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We bought a cheap ish one from currys it was £109 with a DVD . They asked if we wanted £24 insurance for 3 years saying they will change it in any store if we have any problems. 19inch I saw it working in the store and it seemed ideal.

We haven't tried it yet

We wanted a DVD this was important to us. When we were in the Netherlands at easter last year we used that most evenings.

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Hi all, new to all this caravan stuff, was just wondering what's best tv wise in the caravan. Do I need to buy a specialist caravan tv or can I use a normal tv? Shall I buy a tv/DVD combi or is a separate DVD player ok? Should I buy a tv with built in free view?

Any advice on the matter will be greatly received.

Many thanks

Deano.

The more "boxes" you have the more power sockets you need and the more space it all takes up (which can be in sort supply in a caravan). Think what you want to watch and get the appropriate tackle to enable you to watch it. If you're going to be on mains supply then there's no need to worry about power consumption but if you are going to rely on battery power you need to think about getting 12v units with low power consumption.

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The more "boxes" you have the more power sockets you need and the more space it all takes up (which can be in sort supply in a caravan). Think what you want to watch and get the appropriate tackle to enable you to watch it. If you're going to be on mains supply then there's no need to worry about power consumption but if you are going to rely on battery power you need to think about getting 12v units with low power consumption.

Will defo be using mains supply I think. Sounds much easier and doesn't restrict me tv wise.

 

Thanks

 

Deano.

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Is there any chance that you could use non hook up sites in the future, or would you want to carry on watching TV if the site hook up tripped & you favourite soap was on.

 

You can buy 12v TVs that are similar priced to mains only.

 

I bought a 19" 12v or mains TV from Roys of Wroxham last year which has free-view DVD etc built in for about £130 fortunatly I could hear & see one working

 

Kogan do 12v & mains freeveiw dvd TVs for less http://www. kogan. com/uk/shop/televisions/?feature=9-12-volt-power&gclid=CPGawcjuz7UCFYfJtAodLk4AwA

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If you fancy something slightly larger, go for something like this

http://www. johnlewis. com/samsung-ue22es5400-led-hd-1080p-smart-tv-22-inch-with-freeview-black/p231559098

With regards to a DVD, we use the kids old dvd player for the car. 12v works a treat & we find a better picture than the built in dvd/tv combo's. We tried a Toshiba combo tv/dvd and it was lousy quality.

Just get used to pressing that DTV menu for the auto retune button.

 

One thing to help with the TV aerial if you have an iphone, use itransmitterlocater app. Really useful

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If you fancy something slightly larger, go for something like this

http://www. johnlewis. com/samsung-ue22es5400-led-hd-1080p-smart-tv-22-inch-with-freeview-black/p231559098

With regards to a DVD, we use the kids old dvd player for the car. 12v works a treat & we find a better picture than the built in dvd/tv combo's. We tried a Toshiba combo tv/dvd and it was lousy quality.

Just get used to pressing that DTV menu for the auto retune button.

 

One thing to help with the TV aerial if you have an iphone, use itransmitterlocater app. Really useful

Will certainly give that iphone app a go. And I have an old DVD player used for the car so that's a great shout thanks very much.

 

Deano

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Will certainly give that iphone app a go. And I have an old DVD player used for the car so that's a great shout thanks very much.

Deano

Make sure you've got the connectors that input into the tv. We forgot ours once!!!!
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if you use 12v then I would highly recommend Avtex. I've had two now, first LCD one is used now upstairs at home and still going strong, I only changed because the LED backlit ones came out and power consumption was better + freeview + built in sat receiver which meant I could lose the excellent but power-hungry Pace javelin (familiar Sky menu is still much missed though so the Pace might yet make a comeback). I saw the latest Avtex TVs at the NEC on Fri and they get better and better. Worth the extra ££ in my opinon, buy cheap, buy twice!

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Hi another vote for the Avtex, I know they are not cheap but it shows in the build quality.

 

Customer care from Avtex is the best I've come across.

I found out that their new TVs were coming with "easy find" (google it) for the built in satellie system.

As only had ours for 12 months upgradeing to a new one was a no.

So e-mail them and got a instant reply saying my TV being the 16in was not going to have "easy find" on it, but if I send the TV back to them they would install it free of charge, and I could use their carrier at my cost "fair enough".

Sent it to them two days later got it back all done.

 

So much easier to set up on any satelitte you want as you get no false readings off the wrong satelitte. I tried it on 13east, 19east and of course 28east all found with no problems.

 

Regards macaw

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Our Avtex tv has given up the ghost now so I have been looking around for a while for a new tv not at Avtex prices though. We finally took the plunge after seeing various ones we have decided on the Cellos Traveller 12/240V 22" freeview, dvd, usb and free to air satellite. We tried this in our van and home as a neighbour has the 19 inch version. We were impressed with the whole package the viewing angle is a lot greater than the old Avtex one and it has the vesa 100mm bracket mounting so it can go on the wall with the existing Bailey bracket and less clutter not needing the sat receiver. At £240 not cheap but as we use the tv a lot worth the cost for us as it will be used in the house as well.

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Is there any chance that you could use non hook up sites in the future, or would you want to carry on watching TV if the site hook up tripped & you favourite soap was on.

 

You can buy 12v TVs that are similar priced to mains only.

 

I bought a 19" 12v or mains TV from Roys of Wroxham last year which has free-view DVD etc built in for about £130 fortunatly I could hear & see one working

 

Kogan do 12v & mains freeveiw dvd TVs for less http://www. kogan. com/uk/shop/televisions/?feature=9-12-volt-power&gclid=CPGawcjuz7UCFYfJtAodLk4AwA

 

I looked at them in Roys when I was on holiday in Norfolk last year.

I was extremely tempted but resisted at the time.

As soon as I got home I did a Google for them and got the same model for £80 less than Roys were charging.

This was for the Cello Traveller range, I went for one model up which is still the 19" with Freeview and DVD but also built in HD Satellite for when the Freeview reception is poor. An excellent low consumption little set.

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SWMBO wanted to watch the Olympics on a bigger tv :unsure:

I went fishing on the beach with a cool box full of beer :)

 

Did you notice that the 12/24 volt one used less power than the one with the 12 volt transformer

Paul B

. .......Mondeo Estate & Elddis Avanté 505 (Tobago)

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SWMBO wanted to watch the Olympics on a bigger tv :unsure:

I went fishing on the beach with a cool box full of beer :)

 

Did you notice that the 12/24 volt one used less power than the one with the 12 volt transformer

I actually tested it with a meter. My old set, which had a 12V power supply transformer, and was 15" drew around 3A.

The new Cello 19" (which also comes with a 12V power supply box for mains use) 12V/230V set only seems to draw around 1. 7 A, even when playing a DVD, absolutely brilliant!

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I bought a 19" LED TV about 12 months ago from Kogan that cost £99 with free delivery. The picture and sound may not be quite up to the standard of your Sony or Panasonic but I find it fine and I was a TV engineer with Granada for 23 years so am quite critical. The set is LED side lit and has a DVD player built in and also has PVR so you can record programs off the TV onto a USB stick plugged into the back of the set. I bought a 32 gig high speed stick that cost £14 and can record about 30 hours of TV. The menus and electronic program guide are a bit odd but you get used to them and they do work. Just this afternoon I have measured the current consumption on 12 volts as I will be going on a rally soon and was delighted that the set only takes 1. 38 amps meaning it consumes 17 watts. The manual states less than 32 watts but this is a lot less than that. Some of the TVs made for caravans cost over £200 and consume more power so I am impressed. I use it in the bedroom when not in the van and it has been excellent ever since I bought it. :D

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